December 19, 1935 – April 18, 2021
Robert ‘Bob’ Duncan Cameron passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Bob was born on December 19, 1935 to James and Nellie Cahoon in Wembley, Alberta. Bob’s mother died in childbirth and he was adopted by Pete and Kathleen (Nellie’s sister) Cameron. He grew up in Wembley down the road from his 4 older brothers and sister.
When Bob was 16 he left home to go pipelining with his brothers in British Columbia. He came to the Yukon in the 50’s and worked on countless construction sites including the Haines/Fairbanks pipeline, the construction of the Yukon River dam in 1957, and the construction of the 4th wheel in 1982/83. He worked on many projects for Hector Lang who he had much respect and admiration for.
In 1984 Bob started work for the Govt. of Yukon, Highways where he worked at Ogilvie and Fraser camps until his retirement in 2006. Bob was a proud member of the IUOE B.C. Local 115 and stayed in touch with many of his fellow teamsters through his life.
August 17, 1981 Bob married Maybelle (Doe) Simpson and his “new life” as stepfather and “Grandpa” began. He was a proud Grandpa to 12, Great Grandpa to 20 and Great Great Grandpa to 1! Bob’s greatest love was Doe and his great joys were the “grandkids”.
Bob was diagnosed with cancer in February 2020 and spent 3 months taking treatment at the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver. It was a testament to his character and strength that he survived the treatment at the age of 84. He returned home in May of 2020 where he was able to remain until his death.
Bob is predeceased by his beloved Doe, step-son Jack, brothers Sam, Jim, Roy, Art and sister Marjorie. He is survived by his step-children Patsy, Sharman, Gordon, grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews Janice, Brenda, Darlene, Darcy, Doug, Patty, Jimmy and cousin Marj.
When first you came into our lives, there was no way to know how we would come to love you as the years would come and go.
We never dreamt the closeness that would really come to be, and though we’ve had our trials, you are a part of us and always you will be.
“Best Storyteller, Best Memory Keeper, Best Gramps Ever”
A special thank you to Anne Mease – friend and caregiver , and the home care workers who provided support to Gramps on a daily basis. He was very grateful every day for the care and kindness that was given to him.